Sean Flavin (Mammoth)
Sean Flavin ( Mammoth )
Far West Masters Racing

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Current Season News

  • Scholarship Program and Auction

    The Far West Masters Scholarship program is now entering its 31st year of raising funds to benefit Far West Junior ski racers. This has been a very successful program - our Far West athletes are tremendously appreciative, we hear back from many of them how helpful the extra support is to them, and we are grateful for everyone who has donated and supported the program. To learn more or make donation, visit the Scholarship Program page.

    With all the disruptions last season due to covid and travel restrictions, we were unable hold our usual awards parties and fund raising events. But fear not, we holding an online auction this summer to support the program. Many items have been donated by Far West alumni that are on the US Ski Team. These items include new race suits, jackets, rain ponchos, under layer tops and bottoms, ski bags, and several pair of Super G Skis. Auction item listings and bidding instructions are posted of the FW Skiing web site:

    Applications are now being accepted from Far West athletes for the 2022 season. We encourage all Far West Skiing Alpine athletes 13-20 years old to apply! Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of (and in order of importance) exemplary work ethic, academic scholarship, citizenship, financial need, and race results. Applications are due September 15th 2021.

    [24-Jun-2021]

  • June Forerunner newsletter

    The spring issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! It was a season of limited racing opportunities, with only our final event at Mammoth held after months of changing guidelines and health restrictions, but the "silver lining" is that many were still able to ski and train with their local programs. We hope everyone has a good (and healthy!) summer and we all look forward to returning to skiing and racing next winter.

    [21-Jun-2021]

  • Mammoth schedule update

    **SCHEDULE UPDATE** There will be a controlled SG freeski session on Terries (bottom of SG course) on Tuesday 3/30 12:30-2pm. No gates but closed and controlled to allow SG speed warmup to get familiar with the race hill.

    [22-Mar-2021]

  • Mammoth Race Reminders

    Registration for our Mammoth races next week is open through the end of this week. You must be registered by the close of online registration this coming Friday Mar. 26 in order to race. Due to covid procedures that we must follow this season, we have to close race entries earlier than we have done in the past and are not able to be flexible about late changes.

    Signup reminder for SkiRaceReg: some of you may have missed the Saturday SL signup because it isn't included on the home page. Click on the red "Upcoming Races" item in the left sidebar (just above the SG and GS race items) or on "Races" at the top of the window to display the full list of upcoming races - scroll down and the SL signup will show up following the Fri GS entry.

    Important: Note the MMSA deadlines for purchasing racer lift ticket if you do not have an Ikon pass (online only by Friday Mar. 26) and for booking lodging through the event lodging package (Tuesday Mar. 23).

    Rules reminder: fluorocarbon wax is no longer allowed this season!

    Shopping tip for spring race gear sales: starting next season, masters will be required to have a FIS certified race helmet for GS, SG, and DH. If you've purchased a new race helmet in the last few years it likely does have the FIS cert sticker but check your gear. And if you haven't replaced your helment recently - hey, it's probably time for an upgrade anyway!

    We'll get more information out this week about covid procedures that we must follow in order to hold our races. There will be a pre-event covid questionnaire that must be submitted and a daily race day virtual covid symptom checkin - these will be simple forms that you can fill out on a computer or phone and will be sent out by email to all competitors. Race day information and updates will also be virtual, since we will not have any gathering points or posting board at the finish. Most of us will need to plan to have our phone with us on race days in order to get race information. If you don't have a phone, you will need to arrange with a buddy to get information! Contact us at raceadmin@farwestmasters.org if you have concerns or need assistance.

    [21-Mar-2021]

  • Registration Open for Mammoth Races

    Registration is now open on SkiRaceReg.com/fw for the spring Mammoth races. We have 4 days of racing - two SG races on Wed and Thu 3/31-4/1, with the first race each day counted for the 2021 Masters National Speed Series, followed by GS on Friday 4/2 and SL on Saturday 4/3.

    Important deadlines: Online registration on SkiRaceReg.com/fw closes Friday Mar. 26. Please note that we will NOT be able to accept late entries after the close of online registration. If you need to purchase lift tickets, you must do so online by Friday Mar. 26. Cutoff date for booking MMSA lodging through the event package is Tuesday Mar. 23.

    [08-Mar-2021]

  • Mammoth Spring Races

    Good news!! With the improving covid situation, it looks encouraging that Mammoth will soon be able to move to a less restrictive tier under the state guidelines. In addition, many of our older competitors are now getting access to vaccinations and availability is expanding to younger age groups. Scheduling director Mike Braun has been in constant communication with Mammoth on the prospects for being able to hold a race event and the consensus at this point is that we can proceed with planning for the races.

    So.. the Mammoth season finals event is on, and will also be our season kickoff! We are adding an additional day of racing to the original schedule to add two SG makeup races along with a a SG training day. The tentative schedule:

    • Wed 3/31 - 2xSG (1st SG counted for National Speed Series)
    • Thu 4/1 - 2xSG (1st SG counted for National Speed Series)
    • Fri 4/2 - GS
    • Sat 4/3 - SL

    We'll get more information out as soon as we can settle some additional details (entry deadlines, training day cost, etc). Registration will be opened on SkiRaceReg.com this weekend. We will not have our usual season banquet, as large gatherings are not yet permitted, but we can still get out and have a great time racing!

    [04-Mar-2021]

  • 2021 Open Class and Season Bibs

    The Far West Masters board has discussed how to handle season bibs since we've lost most of the race season to covid and travel restrictions. In addition, we don't want to create incentives that encourage people to travel if they aren't comfortable doing so this season.

    The board agreed unanimously that the current season 2021 season bib awards will carry over to the 2021-2022 season. If you won a season bib, wear it if you get a chance to race this season and hang onto it to wear next season!

    We will still have Open class for those who wish to elect to be scored in Open class for their race results, but there will be no season bib awards based on 2021 races.

    [04-Mar-2021]

  • February Forerunner

    The February issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! The President's Update message from Ray Tulloch provides an update on our 20-21 race season, which regrettably has so far not featured any actual races in Far West division due to continuing difficulties and restrictions for covid. However, some of our Far West athletes competed in the FIS Masters Cup/Western Region championships at Big Sky MT in early February and came away with some excellent results.

    On a positive note, Squaw Masters coach Mark Mirviss points out a "silver lining" that we have an opportunity this season to focus on skills and technique that will pay off in our future racing activity. Some great reports as well from some of the Far West junior athletes in our Scholarship Program.

    Stay tuned for more news, we still have plenty of time left in the season. With covid rates finally declining and vaccination availability spreading, we remain optimistic that we may be able to hold our planned races at Mammoth in early April

    [25-Feb-2021]

  • Race Schedule Update

    Winter has finally arrived in the Sierra with several much-needed storms bringing good snowfall in late January and early February. Unfortunately, covid restrictions on travel and group events remain in place in many locations and continues to impact our hopes of being able to resume racing soon.

    The Far West Masters board met on Monday night to discuss the outlook for the scheduled Mar. 6-7 Bernard Cup races at Squaw Valley. Unfortunately, we will not be able to move ahead with this event. Locally-attended races have been able to resume at many areas, but while Squaw is supportive and wants to put on masters races we are constrained by the California covid guidelines recommending that travel be limited to within 120 miles of your home.

    With our athletes spread out over hundreds of miles across California and Nevada, there is no practical way for our organization to manage participation that satisfies the travel limitation. In addition, our older demographic is a concern with vaccinations still in early stages of being available to most of us.

    We are continuing with planning for an early April event at Mammoth, possibly expanded from the original 3-day program to add makeup races that were postponed earlier this season. With covid cases generally dropping and encouraging outlook in many areas to begin moving to less restrictive rules, we remain optimistic that we will be able to hold some spring races.

    ps for those willing and able to travel this spring, consider the PNSA finals at Mt Bachelor on Apr. 15-18. This event features two SG races for the Speed Series finale along with GS and SL. Kick off your racing at Mammoth and head north into Oregon for a spring wrapup!

    [16-Feb-2021]

  • Mt Rose races cancelled

    Sorry to bear bad news, just when we thought we could finally start racing another covid complication has arisen. Unfortunately the McKinney cup races at Mt Rose will be cancelled.

    As a result of the uncertainty around the new COVID requirements and guidances being implemented by the State of Nevada's Business and Industries (OSHA) and the withdrawal of previous approval by OSHA for our races, it has now become impossible to move ahead with the event.

    [05-Feb-2021]

  • Mt Rose McKinney Cup info

    It's happy February - winter has finally arrived in the Sierra and we have confirmation that the Mt Rose GS races on Feb. 20-21 are on!!

    There will be important changes this season to our "usual" procedures in order to comply with covid guidelines. Registration is online-only, with earlier deadlines and NO late entries after the close of registration. All competitors MUST submit a pre-event covid question and MUST submit a daily covid symptom check electronically on each race day. All race day information, updates, and results will be distributed electronically. There will be no posting board at the finish; no parties; everything will be done virtually. (well, except for the actual racing part - that's still real-world!)

    We'll be getting more details out to everyone as we prepare for the event. Additional details coming soon in race announcement from Mt Rose on lift tickets and specific area requirements.

    Registration reminders: The early registration deadline before prices go up is Sunday Feb 14. Online registration on SkiRaceReg.com/fw closes 8pm Tuesday 2/16. Please note that we will NOT be able to accept late entries after the close of online registration.

    [01-Feb-2021]

  • Mammoth SG's postponed

    The Mammoth SG races scheduled on Jan. 22-24 will unfortunately have to be postponed. The California regional Stay-at-Home order for the Southern California region, which includes Mono County and Mammoth Lakes, has been extended again and is highly likely to remain in effect for at least several more weeks.

    There are no short-term lodging rentals permitted under the regional order and all non-essential and recreational travel is discouraged. From the state guidelines on travel: "Californians should remain local (not traveling more than 120 miles from their home or other place of residence) and avoid non-essential travel. Travelers from other states or countries entering into California for tourism and recreation are strongly discouraged."

    Although we are unable to hold any events until the Covid situation in California improves, Mammoth is committed to putting on ski race events this season and will be working with Far West Masters as the season progresses to find potential dates when we can reschedule the races that were originally planned for December and January.

    [08-Jan-2021]

  • January Races

    Short update as we enter the new year on the outlook for our scheduled January SG races at Mammoth on Jan. 22-24: we have NOT cancelled this event!

    Mammoth would like to put on this event if possible. However, our ability to hold the races will probably depend on whether the Southern California region (which includes Mammoth Lakes and Mono and Inyo counties) remains under the state stay-at-home directives that were implemented at the end of December. The directive is being reviewed weekly but does not have a specific termination date, it will depend on covid case rates and hospital capacity.

    Far West Masters will continue working with Mammoth Race Department and monitoring state and local guidelines, we'll post more definite information as soon as we know anything!

    [05-Jan-2021]

  • A December Hiatus

    Squelching our preseason optimism for being able to start racing in December, the month has instead featured significant rises in coronovirus cases and hospitalization rates leading to new restrictions in many parts of our Far West region. The good news is that most Sierra ski resorts have opened and are operating successfully, as are masters training programs at Mammoth, Incline, Rose, and Squaw.

    Not so good news is that significant portions of California are again under stay-at-home orders. Currently both the Mammoth area and the California side of Lake Tahoe have closed all short-term lodging and non-essential travel is discouraged. Bottom line for many of us is that skiing is available if you live in Nevada or close enough to a California ski area to be able to day-trip, everyone else will have to stay home and be patient for a while longer.

    Our next scheduled event is three days of SG races at Mammoth Mountain on Jan. 22-24. There is currently no firm date for when California's stay-at-home orders will be lifted, so our plans will depend on what state and local guidelines will permit in the coming weeks. We will get additional information out as soon as we can determine whether it will be possible to hold race events in January.

    Registration is now open on SkiRaceReg for the FIS Masters Cup/Western Championships races at Big Sky MT on Feb. 5-7. Racing will be 2 SG races Friday, 2 1-run GS races Saturday, and SL on Sunday. Big Sky Masters will be offering training on Tue-Wed-Thu ahead of the weekend races.

    Please review the event information carefully so that you understand the COVID requirements. Ikon pass holders MUST make reservations at Big Sky and openings may be limited, so make sure you arrange your plans early. Total field size is capped at 100 competitors (including any international entries); US entries will be accepted in order by registration date.

    [21-Dec-2020]

  • Cancelling December races

    Following intensive discussions among the Far West Masters board, we have reluctantly decided to cancel the planned masters training camp and races at Mammoth the first week of December, and most likely the planned SL doubleheader day at Alpine on Dec. 19. There are too many uncertainties, too many pressing challenges for our host areas, and consistent direction from state and local authorities at this time discouraging non-essential travel.

    Given the number of factors to consider, we believe the responsible action is to cancel our planned events for December. Our ski areas have difficult challenges right now and all are working hard to establish the necessary processes to safely operate. We are acutely aware that navigating these early season issues is critical for the areas if they are to be able to continue to operate through the season and the additional complexities of running races in the current environment could stretch key resources to the limit.

    We want to emphasize that Mammoth Race Department and MMSA have been very positive and supportive of our event planning and we fully expect a good season of skiing and racing to ahead of us. Mammoth opened on schedule (a day early even!) and is aggressively working towards opening as much terrain as possible as quickly as possible.

    While the 2020-2021 ski season has started, it is definitely different. Mammoth opened on Friday Nov. 13 with good early season conditions on a mix of natural and man-made snow. Mt Rose has also just opened and other Tahoe areas have or will open this week for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Reports from our folks who have gotten out on the hill have consistently described unexpectedly large crowds and lift lines at a time that is ordinarily a slow period at the ski areas.

    It is still too soon to tell if the larger crowds will continue or fall back to more "normal" patterns, but unquestionably there will be unusual stresses on ski areas and mountain communities over the next few weeks. Covid infection rates and hospitalizations are rising significantly, threatening the capacity of both local and regional medical facilities, and government health guidelines in both California and Nevada are moving back to stricter restrictions.

    So let's take December as an opportunity to ski at our local areas, do some training, work on skill development, and look forward to a more stable situation (and more snow!) in January when hopefully we'll be able to resume racing.

    [23-Nov-2020]

  • Mammoth December Camp and Races

    Winter is coming and we WILL have masters racing in the Far West! woo hoo!!!

    Mammoth will be holding a 4-day masters training camp on Tue-Fri Dec. 1-4 and hosting our season opening races on the weekend, with SL on Sat 12/5 and GS on Sunday 12/6. Far West Masters organizers are working closely with Mammoth Race Department to settle myriad details of running a US Ski & Snowboard masters event following all Mammoth Mountain and USS&S COVID guidelines. Things will be different this season, for sure, but we'll be skiing and racing!!

    Mammoth Masters Camp

    Mammoth masters training camp Tue-Fri Dec. 1-4. Tentative schedule: two days GS, two days SL. See camp announcement for details along with lodging package information:

    Mammoth SL/GS races

    Sat SL, Sun GS

    **No late entries. Entries close Tue 12/1 8pm**
    **No day-of-race lift ticket purchases.**

    We all need to be organized and flexible in order to have a safe event!! A pre-event COVID questionairre will be REQUIRED from all competitors 24-48 hours prior to the event. Daily Covid symptoms checkin will be REQUIRED from all competitors. No physical checkin desk; no posting board at the finish; no awards or post-race party. We expect race checkin and event/schedule information updates will all be done online/mobile. Details to come!!

    Additional Information

    Signups for training days and races will all be on our Far West series on SkiRaceReg.com/fw.

    Lift tickets NOT included in camp or race signups. Mammoth is an Ikon pass resort; daily lift tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Lift ticket purchase details will be provided when available. If you do not have an Ikon pass, please register for "Mammoth Lift Tickets" along with your camp and race signup so we have an estimate of who needs ticket purchase.

    Please be prepared to follow all Covid 19 restrictions and policies at Mammoth Mountain!!!

    [02-Nov-2020]

  • Membership Reminders

    The extended renewal deadline for US Ski & Snowboard membership is coming up this weekend, Nov. 1.  Please note that USS&S has a strict no-refund policy, so make your choices carefully.

    The Alpine Master membership is $135 for the 2020-2021 race season. Alternatively, a Short-Term Alpine Master membership can be purchased for $35/day, but only for one event of consecutive days. (A short-term purchase will be credited towards a full membership if you later upgrade.)

    Tips:

    • for most of us, do NOT select a club - choose "No Club Affiliation" in your member information. Only select a Club if you are actually a member of a USS&S club (typically the junior race team). For most masters in Far West , our masters training programs (Mammoth, Squaw, Mt Rose) are separate from the USS&S race team at our home area. Choosing a club may require you to join "with requirements", with extra costs and training required.
    • do NOT purchase the Alpine Master with Requirements membership unless you really need to!! e.g. you work directly with junior athletes as part of a USS&S club. Cost is $150 and requires background screening, online SafeSport training, and an online Avalanche course. Contact us at membership@farwestmasters.org if you need help deciding whether you need this.
    • if you have a Coach or Officials license, SafeSport and background screening is already included in those memberships so be sure to select Alpine Master membership - you do NOT need the more expensive Master with Requirements membership level.

    The "Getting Started" page from US Alpine Masters has a helpful overview of everything you need to know for your US Ski & Snowboard membership:

    For 2021, Far West Masters membership dues are waived for all new and renewing members!
    Just log in or create your account on SkiRaceReg.com/fw to activate your account for the 2021 season and sign the Far West Masters release form.

    [27-Oct-2020]

  • September Forerunner

    The September issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! The President's Update message from Ray Tulloch describes the latest news we have on plans for the upcoming ski season. Still lots of questions but US Ski & Snowboard is publishing COVID guidelines for running ski race events and our Far West ski resorts are beginning to announce more detailed information about their operation plans for the coming winter.

    We are encouraged by the recent news that both Mt Rose and Squaw will continue to have their masters training programs this season. The Diamond Peak masters is also confirmed and indications are that we will have details on the Mammoth masters program soon.

    As announced in August, Far West Masters membership dues are waived for all new and renewing members in 2020-2021!!. Membership renewal will be available online on at SkiRaceReg.com/fw. When you activate your account for the 2021 season, you'll just need to e-sign the Far West Masters release form. US Ski & Snowboard has extended the renewal date for US masters memberships to Nov. 1, 2020, so you have additional time before making a decision on purchasing your masters license. USS&S will NOT provide refunds, so we recommend that you be patient and hold off on renewing your US masters license until we have more definite guidance on the coming race season.

    [26-Feb-2020]

  • 2021 Membership and Schedule

    As announced in the August Forerunner newsletter, Far West Masters membership dues are waived for all new and renewing members in 2020-2021!! Given the uncertainty about the coming season, the Far West Masters board unanimously voted to waive our usual membership dues to support everyone remaining engaged and participating at whatever level you find appropriate for your personal situation over the coming months. In addition, the renewal deadline for US Ski & Snowboard membership has been extended to Nov. 1 2020, so you have additional time before deciding whether to commit to purchasing your season membership. Please note that USS&S has a strict no-refund policy, so if you are uncertain about your plans it would be wise to wait until the deadline to renew your membership.

    As we approach the start of the 2020-2021 season, the outlook for ski area operations and race conditions is still very much an evolving situation. Most ski areas have published information in September about how they expect to operate this coming season for passes, tickets, access, etc; in some cases reservations will be required, lift tickets generally must be purchased in advance. US Ski & Snowboard has published detailed COVID guidelines for organizing alpine events and there is a significant amount of detail and complexity that race organizers must address. Far West Masters is working with USS&S, our Far West ski areas, and masters groups around the country as we all try to work out how we will be able to ski and race this season.

    So... we don't have all the answers yet but we are optimistic that we will be able to train and race this season, so stay tuned for updates and above all expect to be flexible to adjust to changing conditions throughout the season!

    [18-Sep-2020]

  • Preliminary 2021 Schedule and August Forerunner

    We have a preliminary 2020-21 race schedule put together under exceptionally challenging conditions this year by Scheduling Director Mike Braun. There are still many questions that we all have about the coming winter and racing, but we are planning and hoping that we will be able to hold competitions by following appropriate covid-19 guidelines.

    We've put out a special August issue of the Forerunner newsletter with the President's Update from Ray Tulloch and your Far West Masters board to share as much information as we have at this point to help everyone plan for the coming season. By unanimous decision of the board, the usual Far West Masters membership dues fee will be waived this season. With so much uncertainty, our priority is to keep everyone engaged and involved as much as possible through what will likely be a challenging and certainly different ski season.

    We encourage everyone to be patient about renewing your US Ski & Snowboard masters membership until more information is available in September, as USS&S has been very clear to remind everyone that they will NOT provide refunds. The deadline to renew before late fees are incurred is ordinarily mid-October, so there's plenty of time yet before any decisions need to be made. If you also hold a coach or official license or need a "Masters with Requirements" membership as a member of a USS&S club working with junior athletes, be aware that the bi-annual background screen checks may take longer this year, so plan ahead to allow time for completing SafeSport training and screening.

    [28-Aug-2020]


Recent Events

  • Season Awards and April Forerunner newsletter

    Well. It's a wrap of sorts for the 2020 race season, unexpectedly brought to an abrupt halt in mid-March by the covid-19 coronavirus shutdowns of racing and ski areas and much of our "normal" life. The masters National Championship races at Ski Cooper and Steamboat Spring in Colorado were cancelled, with many competitors already at Cooper for the speed races or about to leave for Steamboat, along with our Far West Masters season finals scheduled for Apr. 9-11.

    The Far West Masters board agreed that we would announce the 2020 season awards now and plan the hold a celebration part at the first races of the 2021 season. The Season Standings page has the final rankings for 2020 and the complete Season Awards report.

    Congratulations to all our season award winners and our special award recipients: best new racers Stan Vasily and Joan Blumenfeld, most-improved racers Shawn Mason and Nancy Gieske, and the Teddy Cantanho Spirit of Masters award to Linda Crowell for all she does to support our racing program and help us all get out on the hill to play together!

    The spring Forerunner newsletter is out with all the final season reports and the President's Update from FWM prez Ray Tulloch.

    [30-Apr-2020]


Previous Season News

  • Season Awards and April Forerunner newsletter

    Well. It's a wrap of sorts for the 2020 race season, unexpectedly brought to an abrupt halt in mid-March by the covid-19 coronavirus shutdowns of racing and ski areas and much of our "normal" life. The masters National Championship races at Ski Cooper and Steamboat Spring in Colorado were cancelled, with many competitors already at Cooper for the speed races or about to leave for Steamboat, along with our Far West Masters season finals scheduled for Apr. 9-11.

    The Far West Masters board agreed that we would announce the 2020 season awards now and plan the hold a celebration part at the first races of the 2021 season. The Season Standings page has the final rankings for 2020 and the complete Season Awards report.

    Congratulations to all our season award winners and our special award recipients: best new racers Stan Vasily and Joan Blumenfeld, most-improved racers Shawn Mason and Nancy Gieske, and the Teddy Cantanho Spirit of Masters award to Linda Crowell for all she does to support our racing program and help us all get out on the hill to play together!

    The spring Forerunner newsletter is out with all the final season reports and the President's Update from FWM prez Ray Tulloch.

    [30-Apr-2020]

  • Squaw Bernard Cup **Schedule Change**

    Due to limited snow and race venue options at Squaw Valley, the Mar. 7-8 Bernard Cup races are moved to adjacent Alpine Meadows and will be SL races both days on Kangaroo.

    The Bernard Cup trophy, honoring masters founder Bob Bernard, will be awarded on Sunday to the man and woman with the fast overall times for both races using an age-handicap formula.

    Registration reminders: The early registration deadline before prices go up is Sunday Mar 1. Online registration on SkiRaceReg.com/fw closes 8pm Thursday 3/5.

    [28-Feb-2020]

  • February Forerunner newsletter

    The February issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! Click the link below to read online or download your copy. The February newsletter as well as previous issues of the Forerunner from past seasons are always available on the Newsletters page.

    The midseason issue has news from our December and January events, updates on the Scholarship program, and reminders about upcoming events in the second half of the 2020 season.

    Electronic copies of the Forerunner are sent out on the news email list to all recent members of Far West Masters. If you purchased a print subscription to the newsletter last season, you will also receive a copy in the mail.

    [16-Feb-2020]

  • Mt Rose event info

    Our next Far West Masters event is the McKinney Cup GS races at Mt Rose on Sat-Sun Feb. 22-23. Mt. Rose offers one of the best GS venues in the Far West division and is a favorite venue of many masters. The McKinney Cup trophy is awarded on Sunday afternoon to the man and woman racer with the fastest total time for the entire weekend.

    Registration reminders: The early registration deadline before prices go up is Sunday Feb 16. Online registration on SkiRaceReg.com/fw closes 8pm Thursday 2/20. Please note that Mt Rose will NOT be able to accept late entries after the close on online registration.

    ***IMPORTANT*** All competitors MUST sign the Mt Rose release-of-liability and this MUST be submitted online by Thursday 2/20 using this link:

    (Mt Rose passholders do NOT need to resubmit - you have already signed the area release with your pass application)

    [16-Feb-2020]

  • Northstar FIS Masters/Western Championships reminders

    ** FINAL WEEK FOR NORTHSTAR SIGNUP!!
    Entries are due Sunday Feb. 2.

    Event notes: The Phillips 66 FIS Masters Cup / Western Region Championships consist of two SG races on Friday, two FIS-masters-style 1-run GS races on Saturday, and a (2-run) SL race on Sunday. All races will be held at Northstar. Both SG's also count as part of the 2020 National Speed Series.

    All US racers 30+ must have a current season US Ski & Snowboard Masters membership and a FIS Masters license. US racers under 30 do NOT need a FIS masters license.

    For questions or assistance contact fismasters@usalpinemasters.org.

    [28-Jan-2020]

  • Northstar FIS Masters/Western Championships event info

    On Feb. 7-9, Far West division has the privilege of hosting FIS Masters Cup races at Northstar CA. This event is also the US Western Region Championships. The event will feature 3 days of racing: two SG races on Friday 2/7, two FIS-masters-style 1-run GS races on Saturday 2/8, and a (2-run) SL race on Sunday 2/9. Both Friday SG races also count in the 2020 National Speed Series.

    Northstar has an excellent race crew and has been putting on good events for Far West Masters, so we are looking forward to a high quality event that will draw masters competitors from around the western US as well as international athletes. Entry fees are only $23/race, so for $115 you get 5 races at a championship event - very reasonable!

    See the event announcement for complete information about entries, travel, and lodging. Northstar is an Epic Pass resort and specially priced lift tickets are available for racers, family, and friends.

    Entries are due Sunday Feb. 2. US competitors should register on online on skiracereg.com/fis - race entries are in the "FIS Masters" race series if you do not see signups in your usual division race series. Entries for international athletes are also accepted on SkiRaceReg.com but must also be submitted through their national federation entry form.

    IMPORTANT: All US competitors age 30+ MUST have a current FIS Masters license, in addition to a current US Alpine Masters membership with US Ski & Snowboard. Athletes with FIS Masters points must renew by Friday January 24 to be on the current points list!! If you miss the renewal date, you will not have points for start list seeding and will placed placed in the unseeded group at the end of your age class.

    US athletes age 18-30 are not eligible for FIS masters awards but will receive US championship awards. U30 competitors must have a current US Alpine Masters membership.

    Check your US and FIS Masters license status online using the usskiandsnowboard.org Public Tools. The FIS Masters biographies page for masters shows your current FIS license status and points.

    [18-Jan-2020]

  • Mammoth Speed event change: DH -> SG

    Schedule change for the Mammoth speed races on Thu-Sun Jan. 23-26: the two Friday DH races are being changed to SG, so the event will now be all-SG.

    Several days of high winds over the past week have hit the top section of the speed course hard. Coverage is very thin on a few of the more exposed sections and there are areas of the DH track where we are not able to adequately set safety fencing.

    As originally planned, the first races on Friday and Saturday are part of the 2020 National Speed Series.

    There will be SG training on Thursday organized by the Mammoth Masters team coaches - all racers are invited!!

    The Mammoth Race Department and Far West Masters organizers agreed that it is best to make this change now so that all competitors have time to adjust. If you were only planning to come for the weekend, consider adding Friday to your race schedule, as Thursday training is optional for SG.

    Registration reminders: The early registration deadline before prices go up is Sunday Jan 19. Online registration on SkiRaceReg.com/fw closes 8pm Wednesday 1/22; late entries and cancellations after the close of online registration are at the discretion of Mammoth Race Dept.

    [16-Jan-2020 12pm]

  • Heavenly Schedule Change

    Today's GS on Stagecoach is cancelled - too many rocks exposed by the high winds overnight.

    Sunday's race is CHANGED from GS on Stagecoachj to SL on World Cup at the California base.

    [11-Jan-2020 10am]

  • Heavenly Viva Italia event info

    **VENUE CHANGE** The SL races on Friday will be held on World Cup run at the California base of Heavenly. Unfortunately there is not currently enough coverage on Emily's Run for racing. Stagecoach run has snowmaking and is in good shape for the weekend GS races.

    Happy New Year! With excellent conditions in the Sierra over the holidays, hopefully everyone has had a chance to get out and play on the snow. We have two events on the January race calendar, the classic Viva Italia races at Heavenly on Jan. 10-12 and the Mammoth DH/SG speed races on Jan. 23-26. And on February 7-9, Northstar will be hosting an international FIS Masters event which is also the US Western Region championship. (More info on that event coming soon!)

    Far West Masters racing resumes the second weekend of January with the annual Viva Italia races at Heavenly. The event will be two SL races on Friday, followed by GS races on Saturday and Sunday for a full weekend of South Shore racing.

    **NEW RACE VENUE** We will be racing on the Nevada side of Heavenly from the Stagecoach base lodge - the SL will be on Emiily's Run and the GS on Stagecoach, both accessed by the Stagecoach lift. Parking at Stagecouch lodge is extremely limited; it is recommended to park at the nearby Boulder Lodge and take the shuttle to Stagecoach. (runs regularly and is quick, 5-10 min)

    The 2020 Viva Italia event will bring back some special memories and numerous stories of legendary event founder John Gianotti, who passed away quietly in March 2019. Our Saturday afternoon party at Boulder Lodge will be a celebration of John's amazing life, so bring any photos and plenty of stories to share.

    We have a special event discount lodging offer from Tahoe Ridge, with direct lift access to Stagecoach. They are offering us a very nice discount on their usual prices and the location is very convenient. Please be sure to read the information about the reservation process; there is an extra step that is needed in order to get the full discount offered to our group.

    The early registration deadline before prices go up is Sunday Jan 5. Online registration on SkiRaceReg.com/fw closes 8pm Wednesday 1/8; late entries and cancellations after the close of online registration are at the discretion of Heavenly Race Dept.

    [01-Jan-2020; updated Fri 1/3]

  • December races recap

    After a discouragingly dry and warm November that suggested a late start to the winter season in the Sierras, a series of nice storms around Thanksgiving turned the tables and produced good early season conditions for everyone as we entered December. While some of our masters got an early start on their race season at training camps at Copper Mountain CO, most of the rest of us got on skis and into gates as training programs started at our Sierra areas.

    Mammoth Mountain put on a full week training camp with GS and SL the week before our opening race weekend on Dec. 13-14. Originally scheduled with GS on Saturday and SL on Sunday, the jury and organizers switched the schedule days a few days before the event to try to work around a small storm forecast to move through on Friday. Although the snowfall was a relatively light 4-6" by Sierra "dump" standards, conditions on the SL hill on Saturday morning were warm and soft, with thick fog limiting visibility on the upper sections. After inspecting the hill and assessing the conditions the jury cancelled the race due to unsafe conditions.

    The weather cleared and Sunday was a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine. After competitors assisted with slipping some overnight fluff on the ADG race hill, we got down to a very nice race surface and had a good track for both runs. Fun race to start the 2019-2020 season!

    Our second December event was a SL doubleheader at Alpine Meadows on Sat. Dec. Dec. 21. The Alpine race crew did a great job keeping the day organized and moving along. Racing the weather as well as our fellow competitors, the final run of the day had to be cancelled when high winds closed all the Alpine chairlifts for the day. Nonetheless, 3 good runs of SL were completed before everyone headed off for the holiday break and time with family and friends.

    Complete results are posted on the Race Results page along with the first Season Standings rankings for 2020.

    [31-Dec-2019]

  • Alpine SL Races

    Our next event is two SL races at Alpine Meadows on Saturday Dec. 21. The Buck Thys Memorial recognizes the inspiration of long-time masters racer Buck Thys, who as lifelong skier, racer, and family man is credited with the reminding us: "All snow is good snow!".

    The races will be on Kangaroo. Local masters who have been training there say the conditions are excellent!

    The early registration deadline has been extended a day to Mon Dec. 16, to allow everyone who was at Mammoth for the season opening event to sign up on before prices go up. Online registration on SkiRaceReg.com/fw closes 8pm Thursday 12/19; late entries and cancellations after the close of online registration are at the discretion of Alpine Race Dept.

    [16-Dec-2019]

  • Mammoth Schedule Change

    *** Sat SL cancelled, Sun GS is on! *** Saturday's SL race was cancelled by unanimous jury decision. The overnight 4-6" snowfall was very warm and did not set up enough to provide us with a safe racing surface. The storm is clearing out through the day and temperatures will be much colder tonight, which will allow the race hill to be packed and prepared for tomorrow's GS.

    Schedule tomorrow: 7:30-8:30 checkin at Race Department in Team HQ building. 8:30 Broadway Express opens. 9-9:45am GS inspection, 10am first run on ADG.

    And don't forget today's party at Giovanni's 4-5:30pm (located on the upper level of the Von's shopping center). Plan on pizza and stories from the day, along with a chance to meet some of our Far West junior athletes.


    ***SCHEDULE CHANGE*** After watching the weather forecasts all week and daily coordination with Mammoth Race Department, we have decided to swap the race schedule this weekend and run SL on Saturday and move the GS to Sunday. We believe this will give us the best shot at being able to hold both races with the best possible conditions.

    The weather forecasts have been uncertain about weekend conditions, but have continued to trend towards clearing and colder on Sunday, which would be the best for running GS (hopefully on a long course if conditions permit!).

    We understand the schedule change may cause problems for some of you who were only planning to race GS on Saturday and we very much regret if anyone will be unable to race on the changed schedule. If you were entered only in the GS and cannot race on Sunday, please drop your entry on SkiRaceReg.com before close of registration tonight at 8pm, or contact us at raceadmin@farwestmasters.org. We will not charge DNS fees for anyone entered in GS who cannot race on Sunday.

    Registration is open until 8pm tonight on SkiRaceReg.com/fw. Weekend entry list and info will be sent out to all competitors tonight.

    [12-Dec-2019 3pm; updated 1pm Sat 12/14]

  • Mammoth Season Kickoff

    Thanksgiving brought multiple storms and plenty of snow everywhere in the Sierra, so let's celebrate with the season kickoff at Mammoth next weekend! Our opening races of the 2019-2020 Far West Masters season will be GS and SL at Mammoth on Sat-Sun Dec. 14-15. We've got fantastic conditions for this early in the season and a dry pattern is moving in for the coming week - sweet!

    Reminder: the early registration deadline is Sunday 12/8, so get your race signups in on skiracereg.com/fw. Registration closes 8pm Thursday 12/12; late entries and cancellations after the close of online registration are at the discretion of Mammoth Race Dept.

    A bonus event next weekend is Mammoth's "Night of Lights" at Canyon Lodge on Saturday evening. It's quite spectacular - consider bringing family or friends. This is a popular event and town will be busy, so make sure you get lodging arrangements completed early. The race announcement has details on event lodging package offers at Mammoth.

    If your schedule permits, come early for training camp - attend for the full week or by the day. See the camp announcement or contact Mammoth Race Department for additional information.

    [08-Dec-2019]

  • Get ready for race season!

    Thanksgiving is nearly here, along with the first major storm of the 2019-2020 winter season in the Sierras. It's nearly time for the opening events of the Far West Masters race season!!

    Our first races of the season will be on Dec. 14-15 with a GS/SL weekend at Mammoth Mountain. Mammoth is a reliable early season venue with a proven track record of providing excellent race conditions with whatever combination of natural snow and snowmaking that comes together. Even with a late start to our winter storms, the cold weather will enable plenty of time for the snowmaking crews to put down a solid race surface.

    Registration is open on SkiRaceReg.com/fw for the opening races as well as all the events on our 2019-2020 season calandar. Remember that you'll need to "activate" your account for the new season the first time you log in to SkiRaceReg this season - the activation steps for existing user accounts ensures that you review your contact information and provide a working credit card that will be used for charging race entries during the season. If you haven't paid your Far West Masters member dues yet, you do that through your SkiRaceReg account. If you have questions or need help with membership, contact Membership Director Mary Feddis at membership@farwestmasters.org. For assistance with SkiRaceReg.com, contact our Far West series administrators at raceadmin@farwestmasters.org.

    If you'd like to get some training in before the opening races, come early for the Mammoth Masters training camp on Mon-Fri Dec. 9-13. The camp will include drills, progressions, and gate training. Tentative schedule is GS Mon-Tue, SL Wed-Thu, and both GS and SL on Friday. You can attend for the full week or by the day as your schedule permits. See the announcement from Mammoth Race Department for additional information along with registration instructions and lodging package.

    Discounted lodging is available for the training camp week and weekend races - details are provided in the event announcements.

    [26-Nov-2019]

  • 2020 membership and race signups

    Our farwestmasters.org web site has been updated with all our 2020 race schedule and membership information and the Far West Masters race series is open on SkiRaceReg.com/fw. Head on over to SkiRaceReg.com/fw to join Far West Masters for the season and sign up for December races.

    Online Membership Renewal: online membership renewal is available through our Far West Masters race series on SkiRaceReg.com. The online membership options allow you to pay your membership dues using the same online account that you use to sign up for races and pay race entry fees. You will also have the option to purchase a print subscription to the Forerunner newsletter if you wish to receive a copy in the mail in addition to the electronic copy distributed to all members. Joining online is quick and easy, highly recommended!!

    Note: the first time you sign into your SkiRaceReg.com account at the start of the season, you will be told that your account is "inactive" and needs to be reactivated for the new season. You didn't do anything wrong, this happens every year!! We need to make sure that the contact and payment information for your account is up-to-date, so just follow the instructions on each page, it should only take a few minutes. We've put together a "FAQ" (Frequently Asked Questions) on about your SkiRaceReg.com account and the signup/renewal process, so take a look at that if you're not sure what's going on, or contact the Far West series administrators at raceadmin@farwestmasters.org if you need assistance.

    US Masters Membership: all competitors in Far West Masters races must have a 2020 US Alpine Masters membership from U.S. Ski & Snowboard or purchase a short-term membership on a per-day basis to try out racing with us.

    Need help?! Contact Membership Director Mary Feddis at membership@farwestmasters.org if you have any questions about US or Far West Masters membership. For assistance with SkiRaceReg.com, contact our Far West series administrators at raceadmin@farwestmasters.org.

    [26-Nov-2019]

  • Fall Newsletter and Membership Package

    The Fall issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! Click the link below to read online or download your copy. The Fall newsletter as well as previous issues of the Forerunner from past seasons are always available on the Newsletters page.

    Electronic copies of the Forerunner are sent out on the news email list to all recent members of Far West Masters. If you purchased a print subscription to the newsletter last season, you will also receive a copy in the mail.

    The Fall issue has all the news about the upcoming season, including the complete season schedule and the Far West Masters membership package containing information on the 2019-2020 program and membership options for new and renewing members. Please get your Far West Masters membership in to Membership director Mary Feddis by Nov. 20 so she has time to process everyone's application and ensure that our membership records and bib assignments are up-to-date for the coming season. Membership renewals received after the deadline are subject to a $5 late fee.

    (Note: late fees are only applicable to renewals. New members may join anytime during the season without late fees!)

    REMINDER: don't forget to renew your U.S. Ski & Snowboard masters membership! Early renewal deadline is Oct. 15 and a $25 late fee will be charged for late membership renewals.

    Tips on US Masters membership: when you sign up for your US masters membership, be sure to select the appropriate membership type. For most of us, that will be the Alpine Master membership choice. Starting in 2020, there is an special new membership type Alpine Master (w/ requirements) that is only needed by masters competitors who are members of a US alpine club who work directly with junior athletes. You will be instructed by your club if you need the special membership, which has an additional cost and requires SafeSport training.

    See the "Getting Started" page on the US Alpine Masters web site for a very helpful roadmap with examples and explanations of the process for purchasing your US masters membership.

    Online Membership Renewal: We're very pleased to be able to offer online membership renewal again this season through our Far West Masters race series on SkiRaceReg.com. The online membership options allow you to pay your membership dues using the same online account that you use to sign up for races and pay race entry fees. You will also have the option to purchase a print subscription to the Forerunner newsletter if you wish to receive a copy in the mail in addition to the electronic copy distributed to all members. Joining online is quick and easy, highly recommended!!

    [10-Oct-2019]

  • Fall Board Meeting

    The Far West Masters board will be holding their fall meeting at noon on Sunday Sep. 8 at the Braun residence in Mammoth Lakes. The board discussions will focus on planning and preparations for the 2019-2020 season.

    All interested members are invited to attend!

    [2019-09-04]

  • FW Officials Training Clinics

    The Far West division fall convention will be held Fri-Sat-Sun Nov. 1-3 at Squaw Valley CA. The fall meetings include coaches and officials training.

    The annual officials update clinic will be held 1-3:45pm on Saturday Nov. 2. All current officials are required to attend an update clinic at least once every two years to maintain their certication and annual attendance is encouraged. The update clinic highlights new and important rules for the upcoming 2019-2020 competition season and is also a good opportunity to mingle with officials and organizers from around the division.

    The TD meeting for current and prospective TD's will follow the update clinic at 4pm on Saturday. Officials education and testing clinics for specific certifications will be held on Sunday morning Nov. 3.

    If you are interested in becoming an official we can always use more help! Far West Masters is responsible for providing volunteer TD and referee officials at all our races, so becoming an official helps enable our race program. It's also a great way to learn more about alpine ski racing and to get to know the race organizers and crews at our competition venues. If you have questions or would like to learn more, contact any of our current officials or Far West masters Officials director Mark Mirviss.

    [2019-09-05]

  • Preliminary 2020 Schedule

    The preliminary 2019-2020 race schedule is now available. Scheduling Director Mike Braun has worked hard to put together a race schedule which offers diverse competition opportunities at areas in Far West with a proven ability to host excellent events. Although there are still a few details being settled, we believe the preliminary schedule is essentially complete and should provide a fun season of racing opportunities.

    This season the Far West division will be hosting FIS Masters Cup races at Northstar on Feb. 7-9. The even will also be the US Western Region championships, providing a high-level competition opportunity even for competitors under age 30 who are not yet eligible for FIS Masters competition.

    We do not yet have confirmed dates/location for the 2020 Masters National Championship event. The preferred dates are the third week of March; details will be posted as soon as the event details are confirmed.

    [28-Jul-2019]

  • Summer Forerunner Newsletter

    The Summer issue of the Forerunner newsletter is out! Click the link below to read online or download your copy. All previous issues of the Forerunner from current and past seasons are always available on the Newsletters page.

    Electronic copies of the Forerunner are sent out on the news email list to all recent members of Far West Masters. If you purchased a print subscription to the newsletter this season, you will also receive a copy in the mail.

    The Summer issue has stories from the final months of the 2018-2019 race season along with the President's Letter column from FWM president Ray Tulloch and information about the US Masters membership renewal coming this fall.

    While we have much to celebrate, there is also sad news to share about the passing of two of our finest members. John Gianotti passed away quietly in March, just before the Mammoth nationals and many of us had the opportunity to share memories, stories, and laughter about our amazing friend John. In late May, we lost Norma Lausmann, a great champion herself as well as one of the founding organizers along with her husband Joe Lausmann of our widely respected Scholarship Program.

    [28-Jul-2019]